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Tuesday 02 October 2018
by Jackie Emson

Meet the Member - Jen Perry from Room Forty and Forty Communications

  • Name of Business Room Forty & Forty Communications
  • Who are you? Room Forty is an award winning mobile Afternoon Tea emporium and mobile baking school. Forty Communications is a PR, Marketing & Copywriting business
  • What sets you apart from the competition? We are mobile – we come to you! We also hand make and bake virtually everything, deliver and serve it on vintage fine bone china. That’s pretty unique. Room Forty creates a 1930’s Afternoon Tea experience at your home or business converting it into a glamourous tea parlour. Our mobile baking school specialises in bread baking and is a pop up, we also teach people in their homes and teach bread baking as a team building activity. We are Award Winning – we won Hospitality Provider of the Year at the Warrington Business Awards this year and scooped Silver in the World Bread Awards last year Forty Communications has a roster of clients. What makes us unique? – we deliver.
  • How did the business come about? A love of baking, tea, fine china. A passion for un-processed food, a passion for teaching people to cook and bake. The love of a challenge and the desire to step out as my own boss. Forty Communications came as a spin off. I’d formerly been a Marketer and PR. People kept asking me how we’d achieved so much media coverage and if I could do the same for them.
  • What are your main target markets? Room Forty caters for anyone. We’ve catered at every kind of reception from get togethers, to weddings and even funerals. We also make and serve bespoke canape’s for corporate events. It’s a very inclusive business. I get to share and play a part in making the day special. I love that. Such a privilege.
  • How long have you been in existence? Just over two years. Forty Communications just over a year.
  • How many staff do you employ? I’ve a team that I can call on of up to eight
  • What job or achievement makes you most proud? Difficult one, but probably being chosen to cater for the Pankhurst Trust’s centenary celebration of women getting the vote at Manchester Central Library last February is top. The event was attended by Emmeline Pankhurst’s grand-daughter and covered by the world media. It was a very proud day for me.
  • Where do you see the business being in five years? I’ve big plans. Watch this space!
  • Why Warrington? It’s my home town. I love it.
  • Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us? Until three years ago I’d never baked a loaf before in my life. Last year Room Forty won silver in the WORLD Bread Awards in London.
  • Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc) I was born in Hong Kong
  • Brexit – good, bad, opportunity? Not my choice, but we’ve got to get on with it
  • Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite? I’m not big on celebrity but I’d like to invite Michelle Obama, perhaps David Attenborough and then just my Mum and my sisters.